Mind Grind

8Mind Grind from Microforum International is primarily a trivia game with five arenas of gameplay, each containing myriad questions to answer. The first, the Matrix Of Knowledge, is set up much like Connect Four, the old Milton Bradley variation on Tic-Tac-Toe. An 8×8 tile grid is offered, with each tile representing one of ten question categories (pop, horror, brain-teaser, etc.). Answer up to four questions correctly in a row, in any direction, and you can continue to the next round, the Pillars of Wisdom.

Each of the five arenas use questions from the same ten categories and, aside from the way they are presented, are essentially the same. The most interesting presentation, Looking For Signs of Intelligent Life, puts you in the cockpit of a spaceship, which you must then pilot through space to ten different “trivia stations,” answering questions as you go.

But aside from the novel presentation, there’s little to recommend once you get to the questions themselves. Mind Grind’s trivia falls primarily into one of two categories; incredibly easy or practically impossible. Contrary to the instruction booklet, there’s really no variation in the degree of difficulty; it’s pretty much all or nothing. And unless you’ve been brushing up on arcane Medieval literature, much of Mind Grind proves more than a little frustrating.

System Requirements: Pentium 100 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win 3.1

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